Abortions Cause Severe Depression for Women, New Study Shows
- Abortions Cause Severe Depression for Women, New Study Shows
by Steven Ertelt
January 2, 2006
Christchurch, New Zealand (LifeNews.com) -- A new study conducted
in New Zealand finds women who have abortions are more likely to
become severely depressed. The report confirms the results of a
comprehensive study in 2004 in the U.S. showing abortion leads to
a host of mental health problems. The New Zealand study found
that having an abortion as a young woman raises the risk of
developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
The findings come from the Christchurch Health and Development
Study of 1265 children tracked since their birth in the 1970s.
Some 41 percent of the more than 500 women in the study became
pregnant by the age of 25 and 90 women had abortions.
Some 42 percent of the women who had abortions had experienced
major depression within the last four years. That's almost double
the rate of women who never became pregnant. The risk of anxiety
disorders also doubled.
According to the study, women who have abortions were twice as
likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and three times as
likely to be addicted to illegal drugs.
David Fergusson, who led the study, said the results show access
to legal abortions is not necessarily good for women. He also
said the study confirms abortions cause women mental health issue
-- rather than alleviating them as abortion advocates claim.
Meanwhile, researchers at Bowling Green State University in 2004
examined data on nearly 11,000 women between the ages of 15 and
34 who had experienced an unintended pregnancy.
Their survey found that women who have abortions of unexpected
pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to experience subsequent
problems with anxiety than those who don't have one.
Women in the study who had abortions and suffered from general
anxiety disorder experienced irritability, fatigue, difficulty
sleeping, a pounding or racing heart, or feelings of unreality.
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